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There's Still Time! Get Early Bird Pricing for Festival at the Farm
AWGA
Mix and mingle with Arizona's own grape farmers and wine producers in the picturesque setting of Phoenix's historic The Farm at South Mountain this fall during the fifth annual Festival at The Farm, Nov. 15-16. At this popular event, 30 of the state's top wine growers will gather to showcase their finest wines — and you don't want to miss out! Register today to get the Early Bird pricing. This special offer ends July 31, so don't miss out!
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Arizona Wine Industry Boosting Ties to University of Arizona
Arizona Daily Star
The Arizona Wine Growers Association is rolling out a plan to bolster the state's burgeoning wine industry with the help of the University of Arizona. The UA College of Agriculture and Life Sciences will establish the Southwest Wine Library in Tucson to complement Yavapai College's Southwest Wine Center in Clarkdale, which includes a working vineyard. The programs anchor the association's "Emerging Wine Industry Strategic Plan" to strengthen the state's fast-growing wine industry.
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Arizona Wines Gain Appeal and Recognition
Tucson Citizen
The Willcox vineyards are in veraison — grapes are ripening — and others throughout the state of Arizona are at the same stage. Indeed, it's an exciting time, with harvest just around the corner.
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New Equipment in Place as Javelina Leap Prepares to Debut White Wine
Javelina Leap Winery
Javelina Leap Winery has made some major purchases recently as owners Rod and Cynthia Snapp look to expand. After purchasing a new forklift and cold fermentation white wine containers (550-gallon and 450-gallon capacities), the winemakers are hard at work on their next offering: a pinot grigio, which marks their first foray into the world of white wine. After racking up three awards in the past eight months for their reds, Javelina Leap is looking forward to sharing their new pinot grigio next spring.
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Rebuilding Together Sets Wine-Tasting Fundraiser for Aug. 3
The Sierra Vista Herald
Rebuilding Together will once again celebrate its very popular traditional wine tasting fundraiser on Sunday, Aug. 4, from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Cafe Roka in Old Bisbee. Rebuilding Together Bisbee, the smallest community to join the national organization, has been in the business of helping local residents in Bisbee and Naco with much-needed home repairs and improvements since 1988. The wine tasting serves as the group's most important — and most popular — fundraiser, with fine Arizona wines in the spotlight.
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Get an Autographed Wine Bottle at Magdelena Bash 2013!
Kief-Joshua Vineyards
Help celebrate a 94th birthday! Join Kief-Joshua Vineyards Aug. 24 for its Magdelena Bash Harvest and Music Festival.
Kief-Joshua Vineyards will host is second annual Magdelena Bash Harvest and Music Festival on Saturday, Aug. 24, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. This very special day will feature new wine releases, great food and music.

Magdelena, aka Grandma, who turns 94 in July, will be on-site to sign bottles again this year! Featured musicians are Blaine Long and Jeordie, daughter of '60s pop star Melanie. Locally Arizona will be on site selling chicken wings, sandwiches and more. The wine tasting fee of $8 includes a souvenir glass.

For more information, please visit www.kj-vineyards.com or call 520-455-5582.

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Win a Sonoita 'Wine-cation' of a Lifetime
Arizona Wine Travel Card
The Arizona Wine Travel Card, along with our Sonoita-area wineries and the Tubac Golf Resort & Spa, are excited to be giving away a "wine-cation" package of a lifetime! Valued at more than $750, this is a vacation getaway any wine fan would love to win. Entry is FREE! You can enter at any area AJ's Fine Foods, at participating wineries or online.
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Wine Industry and the Economy
Arizona Range News
Rep. Ron Barber, with Arizona's 2nd Congressional District, paid a visit to the wine industry job fair in Willcox July 20, held at the Aridus Wine Company. A proponent of small business, Barber said the wine industry can play a key role in the area's economic health.
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Sportsman's Fine Wines and Spirits in Phoenix Set to Close, Revamp, Return
The Arizona Republic
Sportsman's Fine Wines and Spirits in Phoenix is closing at the end of August, but Mark Tarbell, who owns a restaurant in the same shopping center, is expected to reopen it this fall as a wine bar with a retail element.
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Arizona's Strong Showing: 2013 Restaurant Wine List Awards
The Arizona Republic
Tucson restaurant Anthony's in the Catalinas is among 73 establishments in the world that received the top-tier Grand Award in this year's Restaurant Wine List Awards by Wine Spectator. Several other Arizona restaurants earned rankings in other categories.
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Report: A Drop in Colorado River Could Lower Property Values
Cronkite News Service via Arizona Capitol Times
A new report claims that property values could decline along with projected decreases in the level of the Colorado River, as demand on the river outpaces supply of water in it.
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 AWGA Signature Events 2013

Date Event Details
Sept. 21 Great Arizona Grape Stomp 5K — Willcox Register NOW!
Oct. 12 Great Arizona Grape Stomp 5K — Sonoita Register NOW!
Oct. 19 Great Arizona Grape Stomp 5K — Verde Valley Register NOW!
Nov. 2 Great Arizona Grape Stomp 5K — Fountain Hills Register NOW!
Nov. 15-16 Festival at the Farm Get Tickets NOW!


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Younger Generations Redefining Wine Scene
KTRK-TV
The U.S. wine industry is a multibillion-dollar business that counts baby boomers as some of its best customers. But signs say that's starting to change.

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Spillsbury: Not a Wine Drinker? Red Flag
Phoenix New Times
Sam Pillsbury saw the red flag: His movie cohorts chose beer (bad beer) over wine. And thus commenced what Pillsbury calls "The Worst Film Experience of My Life."

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4th Annual Grape to Glass Wine Symposium
Lawrence Dunham Vineyards
Escape to the cool mountain area in Southeastern Arizona with two events on one great day, Aug. 3, as the gates swing open at Lawrence Dunham Vineyards.

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 Business & Marketing


Vivino Toasts $10.3 Million Funding Round
Mobile World Live
Wine app Vivino has secured $10.3 million in funding, leading to a potential boost in wine business. Vivino allows wine lovers to discover, rate and share wines they have tasted. Users can take photos of wine labels, which are then compared to a database of 1.3 million wines to provide information on the wine's producer, brand, name, varietals and vintage.
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The 20 Most Powerful Words in Business
Inc.
Success in business is relatively simple: Make good decisions more often than you make bad ones, and you win. Make bad decisions too often, and you lose. Make this your new personal motto to keep you productive and your business on track.
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Facebook Graph Search for Small Businesses
Mayur Kisani
In January, Facebook started rolling out a highly anticipated beta version of a new feature, Graph Search, which enables users to search for anything specific — what their friends like, which restaurants they have been to in a location — or something more personal, like their photos from a specified time. So how can small businesses benefit from Graph Search?
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 National News


Alcohol Labeling: Coming to a Liquor Store Near You
U.S. News & World Report
A new law recently passed allows the inclusion of voluntary "Serving Facts" labels on wine, spirit and malt beverage bottles.

Related: Regulatory changes for use of social media in alcohol ads (Beverage Trade Network)

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Forbes Media and Lot18 Launch New Wine Club
Forbes
Forbes Media and Lot18, the New York-based wine e-commerce company, have announced the launch of Forbes Wine Club. ForbesWineClub.com is powered by Tasting Room, the one-of-a-kind wine subscription service by Lot18 in which members can create their personal WinePrints and receive wine selections tailored to their specific tastes.
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Direct-to-Consumer Reporting and You
Wines & Vines
No matter how a winery files them, direct-shipping reports have become a way of life for those who count on direct-to-consumer sales to aid the bottom line. Be careful to weigh the costs and benefits of compliance software and service providers.
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Hotels Happily Jump Into the Wine Business
USA Today
Hotels have long been willing to hawk pillows, linens and bathrobes. Now, they're peddling fine wines. A number of major hotel chains are getting into the wine business, teaming up with wineries to start wine clubs, create their own private labels or hold special wine events.
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